A stack of 3 sugar cookie bars with vanilla frosting sitting on a piece of brown parchment paper

Sugar Cookie Bars

  • Author: Beyond Frosting
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 38 minutes
  • Yield: 15 bars


These easy Sugar Cookie Bars are soft and chewy and topped with a perfect whipped vanilla frosting. They’re buttery, dense and so delicious!


For the cookie bars:

  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups (380g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (420g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter
  • 3 ½ cups (455g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoons (15ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon (15ml) vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract


For the cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F
  2. Combine butter with sugar and beat on medium speed until well creamed together.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix into the butter and sugar until the eggs are well beaten.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Slowly add it into batter and beat on medium low speed until well combined and dough forms.
  5. Press the cookie dough into a 9-inch by 13-inch pan lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake at 375°F 18-20 minutes. Allow the cookie bars to cool completely.

For the frosting:

  1. Cut butter into pieces. Using the paddle attachment, whip butter for 5-7 minutes, scraping down the bowl occasionally. Beat until butter look light in color.
  2. Add 2 cups powdered sugar and mix on low speed until incorporated into butter.
  3. Next Add the heavy whipping cream and mix to combine.
  4. Finally add the remaining powdered sugar, and vanilla bean paste and whip it on high for at least 2 minutes until it’s light and fluffy.
  5. Spread over cooled cookie bars, slice and enjoy.
Nutrition Information:
1 bar
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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